official Test tour
have been eleventh Test-playing tour of England
by South Africa
(previous tour 1965)
Having cancelled the South African tour of England in May 1970, the Cricket Council said
that England would no
longer play Test matches against South Africa until multi-racial
cricket was introduced.
The South African were disappointed that what they regarded as
progress in making cricket multi-racial was insufficient. The next scheduled tour of England by
the South African was in 1980, shortly after which the South Africans started
to bring over teams of Englishmen, Sri Lankans, West Indians and Australians
on ‘rebel’ tours. There were also multi-racial double-wicket tournaments and
overseas players of all races appeared for Currie Cup sides.
But by then opposition was hardening. Countries like Jamaica and Guyana
were the first to ban sportsmen who had competed in South Africa. Commonwealth members had agreed at Gleneagles in 1977 to discourage any sporting contact with South Africa.
The introduction of multi-racial sport was seen as artifical while
the society remained legally organised on racial grounds, and all sporting
contacts soon became unacceptable. Any official tours became impossible until
apartheid had been completely removed (in 1991).
South African tours
tour of England 1980
actual tour of England